Wooden toys made by people in vulnerability from National Park materials to teach children about the importance of biodiversity.

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Wooden toys.

Silhouettes, colors and textures that connect to the two greatest inspirations of three female entrepreneurs (and mothers): Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Hungary, and the hills around Budapest.

Nóra, Emese and Anna know and love their fauna and flora, the houses and the Children’s Railway as these evoke their childhood memories and retell them now to their own children.

They create wooden companions that teach children about the world around them, helping them endear the surrounding animals and plants, buildings and vehicles

Already at young age they learn how to be responsible for their environment.

Created in collaboration with disabled or socially underprivileged people, the raw material is sourced from the Danube-Ipoly National Park.

If you want to know more about the inspiration of these three Hungarian artists, keep on reading this interview.


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Wooden toys that teach children about the world around them.

What’s your project about?



The hills around Budapest.

And Lake Balaton, the largest lake of our country.

We know and love the fauna and flora of these two places.

We make toys about the enormous trees with birds in the shady forest the houses and the Children’s Railway.

We make wooden toys about the scent of the summer, about the ferries in Lake Balaton, about the sun, the heat, the smell of the water.

We make toys about what means story in itself to us, as these recall our childhood memories and we retell them now to our own children.


 

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Who’s behind the project?

We are three Hungarian girls.

Designers: Anna Nóra Nagy & Emese Berán

Children rhymes: Nóra Garbai

Anna uses her toys to recall the stories of our childhood interweaved with memories connected to many of these locations.

Emese created her fabric accessories.

And Nora her short rhymes to reminiscent.


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How and when did the idea come from?

We started to produce our toys at the end of 2014.

Anna and Emese are not only designers, they are mothers too.

So to make toys for children, it’s their usually work every day.


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What makes your project different?

We have asked the associations who have the most in-depth knowledge in the specific areas (Balaton Uplands National Park, Hungarian Ornithology Association, Pilis Forest Ltd., Széchenyi-Hill Children’s Railway) to be our professional supporters.

We have created our toys by working with them in a strong cooperation benefiting from their professional background.



Our wooden toys help them endear the surrounding animals and plants, buildings and vehicles.

Already at young age they learn how to be responsible for their environment.


 

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And the impact of your project?

Most of our wooden toys are created by disabled or socially underprivileged people.

We believe that everyone is good at something, people only need the opportunity to unfold their real talent.

To produce our toys we choose types of wood that would decorate parks and alleys, but when they got old and collapsed they would undeservingly become wood for the fire.

Except these few ones that landed at us, because these ones got back to the circle of childhood again.

We thrive to obtain all our material from Hungary and that all our manufacturers are from this country. With this we mutually support each other and other small businesses similar to us.

All the wooden material used for the toys is sourced from the Danube-Ipoly National Park as we believe that no one takes better care of forests than national parks, that takes their ecosystem as priority, from the smallest to the largest creatures.

We aim to use only nationally sourced material and choose workshops that are as close to each other as possible so that we can protect our environment by reducing necessary deliveries required for production.


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What ‘s your inspiration to create your wooden toys?

To get kind phone calls, e-mails every day, to meet special people, who love our toys, to see children playing with our toys.

Fortunately we feel in every moments, that Eperfa can give lot of smile to everybody and we get it too from our buyers.

The main difficulties that you face every day are…

Certainly the time. We always have lots of ideas, but we have only 24 hours a day.

And that funny situation that happened to you?

We got a honorific invite to a charity auction

We had to create something which was connect to red glasses, so our animals got one.

They were very funny, maybe the glasses aren’t the best wear for them.


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What’s your audience?

We got a lot of kind e-mails not from Hungary, from a lot of abroad country too.

We got orders for example from Australia, from USA, from Canada, our toys tell a lot of stories to foreign children and their families.

Do you remember the opinion of that customer that gave you so much strength to go on?

A pregnant girl ordered from us a sleeping bag, because her husband would like our one only.

We sent it to them.

And we got a picture with the baby bad and in the bad our sleeping bag lied.

It’s the kindest feedback in Eperfa’s life.

What are your future plans?

We try to design more and more wooden toys for children in the whole world, which make them smile and help to learn them to protect our environment.


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